Alejandro Villanueva at Steelers minicamp

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Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t at the team’s minicamp this week, which is not mandatory for him because he has not signed his franchise tender yet.

Another Steelers offensive starter without a contract is in attendance, however. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva got a $615,000 exclusive rights free agent tender from the team this offseason, but would like a new deal and said last week that he wasn’t sure if he would attend the minicamp despite his participation in the voluntary portion of the offseason calendar.

Villanueva ultimately decided to report on Tuesday.

Villanueva, who served as an Army Ranger after playing football at West Point, told Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media that he is at minicamp out of “respect” for offensive line coach Mike Munchak and because the team has “given me so much,” including an education about how to play football. We’ll find out over the next few months if Villanueva will be making any more money to continue learning and playing in Pittsburgh.

9 responses to “Alejandro Villanueva at Steelers minicamp

  1. hmmmm, this guy would be a backup on 20 or more teams in this NFL and somehow the media is acting like he is a pro bowl tackle not being paid like a top left tackle. He is the weakest link on that offense period and not one person would be talking about him if he did not serve in the military.

  2. Let’s not forget DE Stephen Tuitt, who is also a candidate for a new deal. Or unsigned first round pick TJ Watt, who will probably be the first one done. The good news is that Pittsburgh actually has about $17 million in cap room, which is amazing for them. They’ve not only got the money, they’ve got time too. Watt should be first, then Bell next because of the franchise deadline next month. Tuitt and Villanueva will get done before the season starts.

    Steelers were one step from the super bowl last year and they’re gonna be a better team this year. So pick one and suck it, trolls :p

    Go Steelers!

  3. Still has respect for the chain of command and certainly not an “I” guy…….somewhat refreshing at this level.

  4. I’m not sure why people are bashing him. Not only was he in the military but he did some amazing things as an infantry leader. If you haven’t read about it, you should. Anyone who criticizes him would probably dirty their diaper doing what he did on a daily basis. If there’s ever anyone to look up to, this guy would be it.

  5. He signed his tender for $615k. How many starting left tackles would do that? I doubt it’s about the money for him but he’s a starter and deserves some more money. He’s not asking for the moon and $615k is laughable. He does deserve a raise and if they don’t give it to him I’m sure other teams will be happy to give him considerably more.

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